This is the shortlist for the 2013 Blog North Awards. For each category we’ve chosen a shortlist of five blogs and one ‘commended’ blog, which didn’t make the shortlist but which we thought good enough to merit special mention.
BEST YOUNG BLOGGER
This category is open to any blog written by someone under 23 (as of 16 October 2013).
The winner: The Ginger Bread Lad – “Quirky, creative and beautifully presented, with clear and characterful writing.”
The runner-up: Mean Miss Mustard
- Blood Heat to Zero
- This is good, isn’t it?
- Life Beyond Anorexia
- The Ginger Bread Lad
- Mean Miss Mustard
BEST WRITING ON A BLOG
This category recognises excellent writing, plain and simple. Blogs publishing original creative or critical writing will certainly be considered, but a blogger posting about anything could be in the running. As long as the writing is consistently of a high standard, we don’t mind what it’s about.
The winner: Life without papers – “Crisp, controlled writing with a sense of immediacy and urgency that brings these important stories to a wider audience.”
The runner-up: Food Legend
Commended: Unicycle Emptiness
BEST PERSONAL BLOG
If you’re writing a blog based on your personal experiences this is the place for you. Whether you’re posting about the joys of parenting, living with illness, looking for work or simply reflecting on your day-to-day life, this category has the tagline ‘based on a true story.’ Your story.
The winner: Wife After Death – “One of the best blogs this year. An insightful report into the human condition.”
The runner-up: Round The North We Go
Commended: Reasons To Be Single
BEST ARTS & CULTURE BLOG
This is the place for people blogging about every flavour of culture, including film, theatre, music, art, design, photography, architecture, television, fashion and books. Highbrow or lowbrow, enter here if you’re an artist blogging about your practice, a culturehound blogging about what you’ve seen, heard or read, or a cultural critic doing serious reviews.
The winner: Fontilan – “Inventive, surprising and beautiful.”
The runner-up: Ten Penny Dreams
- Thom Writes About Love Songs
- Ten Penny Dreams
- Celluloid Wicker Man
- Fred Aldous Art and Craft Blog
Commended: I ONLY DID IT FOR THE TIMEX CALCULATOR WATCH
BEST CITY & NEIGHBOURHOOD BLOG
Keeping it local? This category is aimed at metroblogs and hyperlocal news sites, and any blog focused on life in a specific town, city or area.
The winner: MilnersBlog – “An intimate, confident account of a city’s public face and its secrets.”
The runner-up: Blog Preston
Commended: Beyond Guardian Leeds
BEST FOOD & DRINK BLOG
Calling all foodies. This is the category for cooks and restaurant reviewers, food writers, wine and beer bloggers and even people blogging about growing, producing or making food. Dig in!
The winner: Them Apples – “A clear passion for food in a blog that feels personal and professional at the same time.”
The runner-up: Newcastle Eats
Commended: Food Geek
The public vote counts towards final decision, so get involved here.